Korean Community Development Services Center

KCDSC is a nonprofit organization located in the Olney neighborhood of Philadelphia. Our mission is to provide the support services that address the felt needs within our community so that our community members can achieve personal growth and pursue community growth.

About Us

Our Story

KCDSC didn’t start as a community development center. In 1983, the Korean Crime Prevention Committee was established to promote the safety of Korean business owners in Philadelphia in the midst of a spate of violent crime in the area. But soon, the founding members of the Committee realized that the community had more comprehensive need.

The Committee became the Korean Community Development Services Center in 1985. The name change signaled a broader vision – to address the felt needs of the surrounding community by providing the types of services that allowed community members to better their lives. Included in this vision was a commitment to serve the entire Greater Olney community, then as now made up of a diverse assortment of ethnic groups and cultures.

In 1985, KCDSC began its service operation with one part-time staff member and a budget of $25,000. Gradually, KCDSC grew, establishing a comprehensive roster of community service programs which, over the years, has included job counseling and placement, an early learning center, an after-school tutoring program for children, summer youth employment programs, adult literacy education, elderly social security and Medicaid services, a HUD approved housing counseling program, and a housing development program. More information about current KCDSC programs can be accessed from the homepage.

KCDSC continues to serve the community, looking for new opportunities to provide valuable support services to those who have need.

That’s our story. It’s one of change, adaptation, and, ultimately, growth. We’re confident that these elements will continue to be a part of Greater Olney’s story as well.


Time is precious, especially for low-income families, and we know that seeking assistant for your different needs can be a tedious, resource-intensive, and time-consuming process. That is why our mission is to provide comprehensive and individualized assistance for your educational, housing, and community needs.


1. To assist you on your path to self-reliance
2. To improve your quality of life while saving you time and resources
3. To help promote, highlight, and celebrate the diversity in our community


To view and download the PDF of the KCDSC Board of Directors, please click here.

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Rising Sun Children's Center

We are rated as a 4-star center in the Keystone Stars Program. We participate in the Pre-K Counts Program and the PHL Pre-K Program.

If you are looking for a fun, safe, healthy, and intellectually stimulating environment for your children, look no further!

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Senior Social Services

They say age is just a number but the reality is that seniors face unique challenges and issues that many people don’t understand or overlook. Here at the Korean Community Development Center, we do our best to provide critical services to our senior community members. If you need help applying to Medicare or Medicaid or need any other type of assistance, please call 215-276-8830.

Immigration/Citizenship Services

Newly-arrived immigrants and refugees experience serious problems in dealing with public and private companies as well as individuals because they do not understand the English language and legal documents in particular when they apply for immigration. The agency provides initial intake counseling and refers clients to a few community-oriented attorneys if needed so that the clients receive appropriate legal assistance. KCDSC also provides one-on-one citizenship test preparation services.

Housing Rental Service

Our center has extensive experience in the production and management of low-income housing, having participated in housing development from 1986 to present day. Through our partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), we acquired, renovated, and sold.

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Social Media Intern

Korean Community Development Services Center (KCDSC) was established as a non-profit organization in 1985 with the goal of providing a comprehensive array of services for low to moderate income individuals in the community. These services include housing counseling, immigration assistance, child care, after school programs, urban revitalization, senior social services, and certification testing.  Our strategy is to establish a one-stop comprehensive service in cooperation with outside agencies in order to provide all necessary services for our clients.

KCDSC’s primary service area is the Olney neighborhood of the city of Philadelphia and the nearby neighborhoods of Logan, East and West Oak Lane, and Lower Northeast. The Center is located in zip code 19120, in census tract 275. Many of KCDSC’s clients are residents of census tracts 274 and 275, with the following demographics: 47% African-American, 21% white, 18% Asian-American, 15% Hispanic, 8% other races, and 5% two or more races.

The Korean Community Development Services Center is currently seeking an individual who has a passion for community development and possesses the necessary skills for effective community outreach through the use of social media. As a small non-profit with many programs, there will be many opportunities for the intern to not only grow as a professional, but also exercise leadership skills and make a real impact in the community.

The intern will be responsible for creating and updating the Korean Center’s social media outlets (i.e. facebook, twitter, youtube), assisting in marketing efforts for our various programs, and providing assistance in other areas as needed.

An ideal candidate will not only be passionate and talented, but will also be a motivated self starter, who is an organized and creative team player.

Summer interns are expected to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks, where semester interns are expected to work between 12-14 weeks, on a part-time basis, with the possibility of extension. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide any form of compensation at this time.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  We will begin reviewing applications for the fall semester on August 1, for spring semester on November 1, and for the summer on February 1. No notice of non-selection will be provided.

To apply, please send a copy of your resume, cover letter, and transcript to jhy@koreancenter.org, addressed to Jin Yu.



Korean Community Development Services Center
6055 N. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120

Phone: (215) 276-8830
Fax: (215) 224-8150

E-mail: jhy@koreancenter.org


Please make checks payable to “Korean Community Development Services Center” and send to:

Korean Community Development Services Center
6055 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120